Knights of Columbus Endowment Celebrates Second Annual Grant Awards

The Knights of Columbus Endowment is proud to announce it has awarded $62,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations, all with a plan to improve living conditions in Southeast Kansas. In only its second year of awarding grants, the Knights of Columbus Endowment has awarded over $115,000 to Crawford County nonprofits.

The Pittsburg Broadway Tower Corporation, a project of the local council of the Knights of Columbus, established the Knights of Columbus Endowment at the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) in 2021 with funds from the sale of the Knights of Columbus Tower in downtown Pittsburg. The Endowment continues the Tower’s mission through an annual competitive-grant process aimed at addressing low-income and elderly residents’ housing and other needs.

“The Knights of Columbus are so pleased to be able to help those in need in our community,” said Jeff Wilbert, Knights of Columbus Tower board president. “It is exciting for us to be able to carry on the tradition of our founder, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, in providing assistance to those less fortunate.”

2023 Knights of Columbus Endowment Grant Recipients

The following organizations and projects received funding for 2023:

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is pleased to be the host agency for this fund and is proud to offer this annual grant process.

Those interested in establishing a grant-making fund can contact CFSEK through our website or by telephone at 620.231.8897.

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is a public nonprofit foundation established in 2001 by a group of residents who shared an interest in encouraging charitable giving and a commitment to strengthening local communities. The Foundation is home to more than 220 charitable funds addressing a wide range of charitable interests.

About the Knights of Columbus & Knights of Columbus Endowment

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 on the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity with the intent to bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled, and needy and their families.

The Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund at CFSEK was established in pursuit of those principles through grants for programs and projects that accomplish any of the following for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income families and individuals of Pittsburg, Kansas, and the surrounding area:

  • Provide assistance for housing, rent, or utilities;
  • Provide health and human services to meet their educational, social, physical, spiritual, and psychological needs;
  • Promote their health, security, happiness, and usefulness; or
  • Improve community services for them.